Cranleigh Arts Centre
West Surrey Area
Museums & Art Galleries
to the Garrick Club - 22 April 2008
Our visit to the
Garrick Club was enlightening on many fronts:
- The Club owns a
superb collection of portraits of theatre notables from the time of David
Garrick, many of which were by Johann Zoffany. This collection was purchased by
the Club, having been turned down by the National Gallery in its early days.
- The Bar contained a
fascinating collection of portraits of more recent actors, familiar to many of
us from our own experiences of stage and screen.
- AA Milne bequeathed
the rights to the Pooh characters to the Club. The sale of these to Disney
generated a substantial sum, touchingly called "the Pooh money". This
has been used to fund the complete renovation of the building and its
- The Library is a
treasure house of theatre memorabilia including all the play bills of Drury Lane
and Covent Garden from their inception.
- Although lady guests
are welcomed, the Garrick is still an all male domain!
Our Visits Secretaries make the final checks
We receive a warm welcome in the newly refurbished
We take refreshments in the palatial Coffee Lounge
Reliable as ever, everyone met on time for the homeward